Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333+

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333+ apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Kingston Black

Why you should be excited:

Kingston Black is a reknowned English cider apple that’s one of few that excel in single varietal cider.


apple_KingstonBlack_small.JPGThe story of Kingston Black:

Most quality cider –- the serious stuff, not the sickly sweet artificially-flavoured plonk most North Americans know as cider –- is made from a blend of apple varieties. Striking just the right balance of sweet and sharp, bitter and not, a crafty cider-maker can do exciting things when equipped with a range of traditional cider varieties.

Or, they can use one great ‘vintage’ variety that achieves this balance in a single apple. Kingston Black is one of those special varieties.

The apple is small and the tree can be a pain to grow -– especially organically -– due to its susceptibility to canker, scab and other maladies. But the apple and the cider it makes are worth the trouble.

Kingston Black Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Kingston, Somerset, England, mid to late 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A bittersharp cider apple highly respected for its ability to produce an excellent cider on its own (known as a 'vintage' variety).


A small, dark maroon-flushed apple. Colouring can be deep enough to fully justify the second half of its name.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Unless you're looking for a good puckering, you'll leave it for cider.

Quality for cooking:

Excellent in cider. Not otherwise used for culinary purposes.

Keeping ability:

No point in trying to keep it. Just get that cider fermenting!

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